Where to go and what to do this weekend – 7/23 Edition

What are weekends for if they’re not filled with shopping, good eats, glasses of wine and plain old relaxing? Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up the best place to spend your weekend, leaving you more time to enjoy. Here’s this week’s round up on what to do this weekend:


Summer Share CLT
Shop now until July 26


Good news, Charlotte shoppers. Now you can shop for a cause when you log on to summershareclt.org and purchase an item needed by a local non-profit and have it shipped directly to them. Summer is the time of greatest need for many organizations, but now you can help change that without leaving the couch (or having to brave the heat). It’s the easiest way to make a direct impact!




Queen’s Feast continues….
Now through Sunday, July 26
Participating Charlotte Restaurants

Click here for our top picks.



Summer Food Truck Rally at Historic Rural Hill
Friday, July 24
Historic Rural Hill

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Historic Rural Hill is inviting the whole family to their Summer Food Truck Rally. Enjoy live music from The Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project, NC beer and wine, children’s activities, games, hayrides and of course, tons of food trucks.




Christmas in July
Friday, July 24
Rooftop 210

christmas in july


If it can’t be Christmas just yet, let’s celebrate the next best thing. Celebrate Christmas in July with Second Chance Christmas, a local non-profit event supporting Classroom Central. This time they’re inviting you to a rooftop cocktail party complete with music, appetizers and even champagne and margarita popsicles! Bring a backpack for a kid in need for a lower ticket price. Hurry up and get yours!




Swinging Summer Fun Nights
Friday, July 24
Queen City Ballroom



Dying to try something new this summer? Here’s your chance. Queen City Ballroom is offering fun Friday night classes followed by a party where you can show off your new moves. This week there will be a mix of ballroom and Latin Music.




24 Hours of Booty
Friday, Saturday 24-Saturday, July 25
Myers Park Neighborhood

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One of the Queen City’s favorite charity events is back and ready to ride. Whether you’re riding, supporting or want to support 24 Hours of Booty from afar, you’ll want to know the details. Check out the route above and details on their website for more information.




VTG CLT Summer Market
Saturday, July 25
The Warehouse (2205 N Tryon)


Pick up something new at the fourth annual VTG CLT Summer Market. 80 local vintage and handmade vendors are filling out the warehouse in South End for this free event, that will also feature food trucks, a beer garden courtesy of Sycamore Brewing and coffee from The Daily Press CLT. Want more? For $5, start shopping at 10 AM to avoid the crowds or join them on Friday for a VIP Shop: a first look at the items, a silent auction, a limited edition tote bag, a complimentary pint from Sycamore Brewing (must be 21+) and yummy bites from Fit You meal and Heirloom.




Feast Food Tours’ Local Flavors of NoDa Food Tour
Saturday, July 25
NoDa Arts District

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Been looking for a way to explore NoDa? Bring your appetite and sense of adventure for this one of a kind food tour around one of Charlotte’s most beloved neighborhoods. You’ll meet chef’s whose artistic spirits shape the food on your plate, get behind the scenes kitchen tours and taste for yourself the growing craft beer scene. Get your tickets on Feast Food Tour’s website now!



Movie in the Vineyards
Saturday, July 25
Childress Vineyards

movie in the vineyards

A picnic without all the fuss! Bring your own blanket for a viewing of Bottle Shock under the stars at Childress Vineyards. Enjoy wine, beer, popcorn and a selection from their Bistro menu available for purchase, then sit back and relax.




The Mint Museum Library Books Sale
Saturday, July 25
Mint Museum Randolph


Buy a book, support the Mint. This Saturday get your hands on big bargains as the Mint Museum Randolph has their library books on sale, with all proceeds going towards library conservation. But that’s not all: gifts from the museum shop are also on major sale. Find what you’re looking for at every price point. All sales are final. Members get access a full hour early at 12 PM!




WINESTOCK Summer Wine & Music Festival
Saturday, July 25
Treehouse Vineyards


Get to sippin’ at Treehouse Vineyard’s all day Summer Wine and Music Festival. Bands will be playing all day long, multiple craft vendors will be on site, wine samples will be flowing and they’ll even have BBQ for purchase. Count us in.




Summit Room Supper Club Pig Pickin’
Monday, July 27
The Summit Room

summit room pig pickin Just like you remember your parents having when you were little, The Summit Room’s Supper Club is a celebration of food, family and neighbors. This time around they’re serving up a summer pig pickin’ with all the fixings, dessert plus two beers on tap.  Call (980)237-2227 for tickets.




Late Night Breakfast Club
Tuesday, July 28
Location TBA


Leave it to the fun and creative minds at Relish to improve one of life’s greatest pleasures: brunch. If you thought it couldn’t get any better, join them for Late Night Breakfast, a twist on the favorite weekend indulgence prepared by Charlotte’s own Chef Alyssa. Buy your tickets now-spots will fill up fast!




Blind Tasting Seminar
Wednesday, July 29th
Foxcroft Wine Co.

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Celebrate Winesday with Foxcroft Wine Co. for a fun and educational Blind Tasting Seminar. Robert Jones, MS will lead the group through two tastings: the first a blind tasting where guests will learn to identify the wine presented, and the second structured as a game where guests are given a glass of wine and asked a series of multiple choice questions about the wine. Answer the questions right and you get to move on!




Healthy Summer Cooking: Hands-On Cooking Class with Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen
Wednesday, July 29
Atherton Mill

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Swap out the burgers and hot dogs for some healthier summer dinner ideas. Chef Alyssa leads this week’s class in a crash course of healthy dishes to ship up at home. The menu is gluten-free and includes: Tomato-Watermelon Gazpacho, Seared Yellowfin Tuna with Ginger-Wasabi Emulsion, Squash and Zucchini Fritters and Frozen Yogurt Peach Cups.




Summer Tea in the Carolinas
Wednesday, July 22-Saturday, July 25
The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge

tea at ballantyne

Celebrate summer at the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge with their Summer Tea in the Carolinas. Don your straw hats and summer best Wednesday through Saturday and enjoy all of the traditional tea fixings, plus the option to add a mint julep for $10. Reservations are required: 704-248-4100.



Mark your Calendars! Upcoming events in the QC:

Motion Accomplished
Saturday, August 1
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center



Get in on the action at Queen City Ballroom’s adrenaline pumping show Motion Accomplished. The ballroom’s talented student and teachers transport the audience into a high energy performance full of intrigue and top secret missions. Motion Accomplished is the fourth ballroom dance review to be welcomed into the Blumenthal Arts Center. Tickets are just $20.00 and tickets are available here.




Fourth Annual 5K Walk 4 Mommy
Saturday, August 8
Uptown Charlotte




Join non-profit “Walk 4 Mommy” in raising $15,000 to assist single parent households in need of financial and healthy living support in our area. Bring children, adults, corporate teams and whoever can lace up for this 5K along Midtown Park. Register here!



Allison Hancinhttp://www.allisonhancin.com
A Charlotte-loving adventure seeker with an appetite for discovering local finds. Always planning my next trip!


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